The Williamsville East Flames took down in-town rival Sweet Home 15-1 in Class B boys lacrosse action at home on Thursday and in doing so, Ed Greenway earned his 300th win as head coach of the Flames.
“It’s an awesome experience. When you work hard at it, it’s a culmination of what you’ve been doing for a long time,” said Coach Greenway after the milestone win. “I’ve also had some great assistant coaches. And it shows that you have great kids too. They play the game of the lacrosse, learn a little bit, and hopefully become good parents and citizens.”
Greenway started the boys lacrosse program at Williamsville East in 1985. He is a teacher in the district and in addition to being head coach, Ed is the Section VI boys lacrosse chairman. Coach Greenway has been recognized dozens of times by numerous local, state, and national lacrosse organizations throughout his career for his work and influence on the sport at all levels. Greenway is originally from Camillus, NY and graduated from West Genesee HS, known throughout the country for its historically powerful lacrosse program.
In 2018 he coached the Flames back to the sectional final for the first time in seventeen years.
The Flames are off to a ‘hot’ start this season, carrying the best record in WNY at 8-0 following the win over the Panthers. So it was only fitting that this 2019 Flames team, a very cohesive unit that are contending not only for the Section VI Class B title, but a state title as well, were the team to notch win number 300 for Greenway.
“This group of kids recognized how important the game of lacrosse is to our school and to them as players…seven of them (so far) are going on to play at the next level,” said Greenway on his undefeated Flames team that notched his 300th win. “They understood how important lacrosse is to me and I try to impart that on them. When it’s a reciprocal relationship like that it’s pretty cool. You don’t do this for the wins; you should do this for the relationships and the love of the game.”
Flames goal scorers against Sweet Home were Ryan Mitchell (3 scores), Clayton Osborne (2), Jordan Polk (2), Frank Annunziata (2), Sam Meltser (1), Dom Piccillo (1), Dylan Schihl (1), Henri Tetrault (1), Colson Skorka (1), and Aidan Comerford (1).
Patrick McGregor had a busy night in net for the Panthers but made a handful of good saves against East’s fast paced offense. Lucas Marshall netted the lone Sweet Home goal.